Today’s Thinking

Bill Jamieson
Whae's like us? Hame rule thoughts frae Cornwall

Whae's like us? Hame rule thoughts frae Cornwall

I AM SOON to return to Scotland after reaping the whirlwind of a horrendous miscalculation. Late last November I had hoped to avoid the worst of the Scottish winter by sojourning in my wife’s family ...

Bill Jamieson
Paul Krugman – bluff or bluster?

Paul Krugman – bluff or bluster?

IT IS NOT OFTEN – indeed, it would be about as frequent as a blue moon, when a Conservative chancellor could cite with favour an opinion of the American economist Paul Krugman. But with First ...

Bill Jamieson
Permanently pawsed

Permanently pawsed

I HOPE readers will forgive me for not charging forth into a hot political or economic topic today. For the past week our cat, a constant companion for more than twelve years, has been very ...

Bill Jamieson
'Money no object' – Oh, really?

'Money no object' – Oh, really?

THOUSANDS of homes flooded, large stretches of southern England under water, 1,600 troops already deployed and thousands more on stand-by as more rain is forecast. And Prime Minister David Cameron boldly declares: “Money is no ...

Bill Jamieson
The referendum: Forward, blindfolded into the voting booth

The referendum: Forward, blindfolded into the voting booth

A WARNING by Bob Dudley, boss of oil giant BP, about breaking away from the rest of the UK rightly has rightly grabbed the headlines and given lead story treatment on the BBC for most ...

Bill Jamieson
The January Blues: When HMRC is waiting for you...

The January Blues: When HMRC is waiting for you...

I HAVE NEVER understood why January 6 has been designated the most depressing day of the year. In my own experience, and almost without exception, the most miserable day is about to fall. 

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Bill Jamieson
Indyref: Hold, sell or buy?

Indyref: Hold, sell or buy?

AMONG THE myriad of questions posed by the independence referendum is the reaction of financial markets. Would a ‘Yes’ vote trigger a sell-off in gilts and equities? Would the UK currency take a hit?

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Bill Jamieson
Danny Alexander and the two missing words

Danny Alexander and the two missing words

SO THAT’S SETTLED: a worry for the markets has been removed. The UK will continue to honour Scotland’s debts “in all circumstances” (sic) even if it votes for independence. No need, then, for investors to ...

Bill Jamieson
Dispatch from Cornwall: Calm down dear, it's the weather!

Dispatch from Cornwall: Calm down dear, it's the weather!

GURGLE,GURGLE! By all accounts I should be filing this with the aid of a snorkelling equipment, breathing apparatus and flippers. 

I’ve been spending a few weeks in storm-battered south west Cornwall. ...

Brian Monteith
The SNP’s callous disregard for children and parents

The SNP’s callous disregard for children and parents

THE SNP has made the cause of better childcare in Scotland one of the core attractions of its appeal to voters in this year’s independence referendum – and yet the party has shown by its ...

Bill Jamieson
New generation worse off? Only up to a point...

New generation worse off? Only up to a point...

SO FAREWELL then, rising expectations: for the first time in memory today’s generation will be less well off than its parents. The august Institute for Fiscal Studies has concluded in an analysis out this week ...

Bill Jamieson
Mandela: Time for realism amongst the torrents of Gush

Mandela: Time for realism amongst the torrents of Gush

MANDELA-MANIA has overrun the BBC. There is barely a pause in its panegyrics or a break in the flow of its earnest, devotional tributes. News bulletins have been extended, profiles run on the hour and ...